Post # 1
I am a student entering my senior year of college and currently on summer break! My wedding isn’t until Oct of next year, but I feel like this is a great time to dress shop because I am off of school (no school work to worry about) and so is my mom, the middle school nurse. I was thinking about makign an appointment for the las week in July at David’s Bridal. I’d like to try on some styles and see what I like/looks good/makes me cry (you know, all the good stuff). So here are my burning questions:
1. Is it too early to look and potentially buy a dress?
2. Should I go to David’s Bridal or a smaller boutique? (I have a VERY limited budget, btw.)
3. I am on a weight loss plan and could potenially loose 20 more lbs before my wedding. Will this effect my dress selection?
Alright, now that I got all that typed out, lay it on me, Bees! What should I do??
Post # 3
it is never too early to go shopping! it took me forever to find a dress, I did go to DB and was dissapointed. Look online if you are in a budget. I love Ann Taylor, and ideeli. Good luck. Look for sample sales! I wish I had gone to one
Post # 4
In My Opinion…
It is never to early to look, and find out what you like. I would actually recommend that you try one of everything on, just to see what diff sillohettes do for you and your body! As far as purchasing goes, make sure you hunt through your options first. Don’t rush to buy because you feel pressured my sales, time constraints, mom being there, etc. Def. plan a trip just to search and experiment.
Personally, I don’t think anything’s wrong with Davids Bridal. They have a good selection and you can find a lot of dresses on the cheap. It doesn’t hurt to look at multiple places, and theyre a good place to start. Plus just like other bridal salons, they carry gowns that other places don’t, so it’s just as likely that you may find “the one” there are anywhere else!
As far as the weight loss goes… I am not sure, but I will say that if you fall in love with a sillohette, you will probably just love that sillohette even more if you lose the weight. If you find the right dress, you’ll love it regardless. Just be sure to hold off on having it altered until closer to your actual date.
Thats all my advice. But as someone who had dress regret, I cannot emphasize the “take your time!” enough! If you find something you like, look for similar things until you find something you love. If you feel the slightest hesitation, go home and sleep on it. Don’t rush to make others happy! Thats my advice! 🙂
Post # 5
IMO: i don’t know your body shape, but if you are a plus sized bride… i highly recommend AGAINST david’s bridal. i tried to make appointments at two different ones and both stores told me (without even seeing me, this was over the phone) that i wouldn’t be able to try anything on and would have to just look because i was too big.
By The Way… i tried on tons of dresses at every other store i went to. DB is full of crap.
Post # 6
@rosworms: I’m not sure if I am a plus-sized in bridal. I wear a street size 12, but have a pretty big bottom half. Haha! I have been reading some other posts about DB and they are saying some of the people who help are really rude. I hope that isn’t the case everywhere!
Post # 7
Please do not go to DB!!! I am having a nightmare with them right now. If I can give any advice to any other bee it would be to not step foot in there! ever!
I dont think its to early to start looking. You could try and figure out the shape and style that you think fits your body best and you are comforatble with. But remember, there will be a whole other season of dresses out between now and closer to your wedding so you might find something you like better then. Or, something you like now, might get a price reduction when the new season comes out.
Post # 8
I would definitely check out David’s Bridal. They have tons of styles and I actually completely disagree about the plus size thing. Them and Alfred Angelo were the only two places I found around here that had a big selection of plus size gowns to try on without huge pricetags. The one boutique I went to didn’t have a lot to try on, I was a street size 18 at the time, and told me to just hold up the dresses. But I had great expereinces at the 3 David’s bridals I went to (one for my dress and two for bridesmaids dresses). Alfred Angelo (where I ended up buying my dress) had a big variety of styles to try as well but the prices were slightly higher, not a ton higher, but more dresses around $1000 where David’s Bridal had a ton more around $500.
Post # 9
I gotmy dress at DB and had no issues! I am also a size 12 and had no problem finding dresses. The ONLY issue I had is that they sold my info. :/ so, i have been getting calls and emails from random local vendors trying to sell me stuff. Im not even getting married in this state so they are really nothing more than an annoyance!
Either way, most of the reason I bought frm there is because they had the Vera Wang collection. Ive heard that other brides feel their dresses are cheaply made but mine, which is Vera Wang, is just gorgeous and I couldnt be more happy with it.
Post # 10
I bought my dress at DB and had a good experience. I love my dress. They have a good selection for budget conscious brides. However several bees feel their dresses are crap and they are low class.
Post # 11
I know a lot of people get their dresses at DB….but….
I don’t recommend them. I tried on several dresses there, which looked beautiful on the website, but they seemed so cheaply made in person. I just felt like they “looked” like they were all mass produced in China.
I was on a tight budget too….but I went to some independent places in Atlanta…and you’d be suprised what bargains you can find! It’s NOT just DB that offers good deals.
The place I bought my dress had everything from $99 to $4000. Mine was $477.
So my advice is to try more independent places…just don’t try “luxury” boutiques.
Post # 12
I got my dress at DB as well and although I have heard horror stories, I had a fantastic time with them. My BM’s will be getting there dresses too.
I didnt shop there because I had to, I actually had up to $2000 to spend on a dress but I didnt want to spend that much if I could find my dream dress for less(which I did $349). I actually found the DB consultant to be far more helpful and nice then some of the designer bridal salons I went to.
Im surprised a PP was told they wouldnt have dresses in there size. The DB I was at had tons of plus size gowns all the way up to a 30, infact I work with a bunch of plus size girls and they all went there because of the range of sample sizes.. I’m a 14/16 and had a ton of options.
Sorry I am rambling. My only recommendation when going to DB would be to go during the week and in the morning or early afternoon. They’re popular due to the prices so evenings and weekends when people are off work are super busy. If you want to have a consultant to yourself and a more relaxed atmosphere, avoid those busy times.
Post # 13
@DanaE: i dont care for avids bridal ; ( go to a nice bridal salon for your first time dress shopping
Post # 14
Davids bridal is cheap and looks it. Sorry I’m just going by pictures on google images. You can get cheap dresses elsewhere that look fabulous.
Post # 15
@SupermarketGirl: that’s how i felt like the material was a few grade up from bed sheets.
Post # 16
I got my dress from there and am getting my Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses from there, too. They definitely have their faults, but were better than the one other place I went to, which was an independent place. In fact, when it came to bridesmaids dresses and getting swatch samples, no other store would give them to me! I was floored! They were like, well, you can see the samples of the colors once you’ve placed an order, or once your BMs have come in to try on dresses. What?! How do I know you even have the color I want? Why would I place an order before seeing the samples? I called 4 other places and they told me this for Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses. But David’s Bridal sold me samples for $1 each. Also, the boutique I went to wouldn’t let me take a picture of myself in the dress. Um, once you try on more than 10 dresses, they start to merge in your head. I was really happy to have those snaps of myself in the David’s Bridal dresses.
So I say, sure, go there (on a downtime; first time I went, I couldn’t see anyone for nearly an hour after my appt time) and try on several, take a few pictures, think about it, go to another store, etc. Just don’t buy too early! Dress regret, you know . . .